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You can find more information regarding this film on its IMDb page.
This film contributed courtesy of SabuCat Productions.
This movie is part of the collection: Feature Films
Director: Robert D. Webb
Audio/Visual: sound, color
Creative Commons license: Public Domain
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Subject: Dive in the sponge
Good one yes, very nice underwater shots, good cast,
an honest cinema work indeed.
Story and characters a little weak but this one is very fresh.
Enter the Greek community of sponge hunters and try to understand the mysteries of fear and fascination.
Subject: Not so bad
The story was fine but he movie seemed to plod on in some places. The story of the sponge industry is important to that part of the country, as are the stories of the Conchs and the Greek sponge fishermen.
The best parts were visual. The beautiful scenery of the keys and amazing underwater shots (for 1953). A very young Robert Wagoner was also worth seeing. Eyecandy of the 50s.
Subject: Greeks in America
It was nice to see a colour movie for a change and a story about Greeks made my day being for the "crazy Greek" myself. The story line was not a spectacular epic extravaganza but more of a day in the life.
I was impressed that the film represented the culture so well except for the idea that a Greek family would get over a beloved patriarch so easily. I KNOW they wouldn't.The diving for the cross is a yearly ritiual in any Greek community and the manner they spoke english was pretty much what you would expect to hear.
Although the story was a little slow it has it's moments and I think part of the movie going experience back then was for the undersea landscape and it does have an exciting moment or two.
If you would like to know more about the sponge industry and the immigrant culture the movie was portraying visit http://www.polk-fl.net/tah/pdfs/d-2.pdf
Subject: Adventure Off The Suncoast
Set,in technicolor and wide screen, in 1950's Tarpon Springs and Key West Florida, this is not so bad. A very young Robert Wagner gives a stellar performance and woke up a lot of people at the time at 20th Century Fox with it. Gilbert Roland as his father is subdued (for him) and effective. Terry Moore was her usual sexy self, and quite good. Richard Boone and Peter Graves were just coming into their own and also quite good as well, mis-cast to some degree, especially Mr. Boone. They had star quality and it showed. Harry Carey Jr. was wasted in a small part of no consequence. However, plodding doesn't equal suspense and this film lumbers along in spots and the happy ending doesn't quite ring true. Great color and location shooting however, as well as superior (for 1953) stereo-phonic sound. It has a lot to recommend it. Worth a look.